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2nd Annual Run Held To Raise Awareness On Bullying

By Kim Glovas

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- The 2nd Annual No Bullying Run is being held today at 8 a.m. in Doylestown, hosted by the Network of Victim Assistance, or NOVA.

The 5k run and one mile fun run are just one way NOVA is hoping to raise awareness and encourage discussion about bullying and how to overcome it.

NOVA's Mandy Mundy says the statistics on bullying are staggering.

"The Department of Education says that nearly one in three students are involved in a bullying incident. That's an outrageous number. We also know that 160, 000 students miss school every year because of being afraid of being bullied, being involved in a bullying situation that they don't know how to handle."

Mundy says cyberbullying is another area of concern. She says more than half of the students bullied online have never told anyone about it.

Mundy says it's time to change the attitude that bullying is a harmless action that is just part of growing up.

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